England: The Wordsworth Hotel & Spa, Lake District

We have visited the beautiful Lake District a number of times. In fact, it is one of our favourite places to head when we want to get away from it all, even in winter. However, we had never visited the village of Grasmere, much to many people’s surprise, until recently. We had the pleasure of spending the evening at the 4 Star Wordsworth Hotel & Spa which has 38 bedrooms and suites and is part of the Robert Parker collection of luxury…

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England: Afternoon Tea at The British Museum, London

When we plan our trips after we have booked flights and hotels the next thing we do is pre-book as many trips and experiences as we can. This way we know what we are doing and when (we love a detailed itinerary) to ensure that we do not miss out on anything the city or venue has to offer. We find it also helps us when budgeting for our travels. If we can book and pay for things in advance of…

England: Keswick Reach Lodge Retreat, Lake District

Escaping to the countryside and switching off for the weekend is something we love to do. We find it hard to do, but we love it nonetheless. As we live busy lives, we often find it hard to relax and just do nothing. We personally don’t think its in our natures. However, we have learnt it is vital. No-one can live their life full throttle all of the time, it’s bad for your health both physically and mentally. Therefore being…

England: Making The Most of a Shopping Trip to Manchester

Manchester is one of those cities that we will never get tired of visiting. Over the years we have lost count of the times we have spent a night or two in this magnificent and extremely proud city. Our visits have always been for a number of varied reasons – sports events, concerts and gigs, drunken debauchery with friends (probably the least said about those weekends, the better), a stay before flying from Manchester airport, discover the amazing street art…

England: 10 Reasons to Visit The Lake District in Winter

Well-known for its beautiful landscape, dramatic scenery and excellent hiking routes, The Lake District is a pleasure to visit in summer but there are plenty of reasons why a winter trip to the Lakes can be just as enjoyable – if not more so. We actually prefer to visit the Lake District in the winter months and have visited numerous times over the years. In fact, we are heading there this weekend to enjoy a lot of things the area has…

England: 5 Places To Go for a Great Winter Break

As the weather begins to get colder, it’s the perfect opportunity to combat those winter blues and escape for a great winter break! Although the temperatures might be lower than on those gorgeous summer days, the UK still has plenty to offer visitors no matter what the season. In fact, travelling during winter also helps you skip the worst of the tourist crowds and experience the England’s cities, coastline and countryside in an entirely different light. So, if you are…

England: Glamping at Kingfisher Lakes, Yorkshire

We love getting away from it all, pulling on our walking boots and enjoying the beautiful English countryside. However, camping has never really been our thing. I think that might have something to do with a bad experience we had a few years ago with a cheap flimsy tent from Asda. It made for a cold, damp, sleepless night and something that we never wanted to repeat again. We like a few added luxuries when we travel and some (OK,…

England: Your Guide to Acting Like a Local in London

The beauty of London is that because it’s such a diverse city, it’s quite easy to fit in if you want to. You can sample the fantastic international cuisine and explore the many amazing sites without sticking out like a sore thumb. However, if you’re looking to blend in and act like a local, We have listed a number of things you could do to blend in. The likelihood is a number of these things could, in fact, be useful…

France: Planning The Perfect Family Friendly Holiday To Paris

Paris is often considered to be one of, if not, the most romantic cities in the world. With couples flocking to France’s capital, often referred to as the ‘City of Love’, to soak up the culture, see the world famous landmarks, eat the great food and maybe even get engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Mr ESLT and I celebrated my 30th birthday by taking a holiday to Paris. Therefore, I have first-hand experience of how romantic the…

England: Bank Holiday Break In The Seaside Town of Southport

Being from the East Coast of England we have a number of seaside towns right on our doorstep. Therefore, we have never really considered visiting the towns dotted along the west coast to get our seaside fix. However, as we love to travel, especially throughout England, when we were invited to spend a couple of days in Southport, a seaside town in Merseyside, we couldn’t say no. So, we packed our bags, threw them in the boot of the car,…

UK: Taking a Staycation? Avoid the Gridlock

Did you know that a motorist in the UK will spend on average 31 hours each year in traffic, according to data supplied from traffic information supplier Inrix? As well as being a frustrating experience, being stuck in gridlock will also cost drivers £1,168 due to the amount of fuel and time that is wasted and the heavier the vehicle, the more the cost goes up.

England: Hopping On and Off The Hull Explorer

Hull, or to give its official title, Kingston upon Hull, is our hometown, located in in the North of England in the county of East Yorkshire. It is somewhere we are extremely proud of and to come from. Over the years it has been given a bad rap by many people. However, when it was named UK City of Culture 2017 things slowly but surely started to change. A lot of investment was made in the city, a great year…

The Netherlands: The Two Halves of The Hague

As the old saying goes, it takes two halves to make a whole and that is certainly the case when it comes to The Hague (Den Haag), a city on the North Sea coast in the western Netherlands. Having visited The Netherlands many times and after exploring a number of its cities and towns, not just the biggies – Amsterdam and Rotterdam, The Hague has been the place that has surprised me the most so far. The reason why? Well,…

Ireland: 3 Things You Must Experience In The Emerald Isle

Whenever we travel to a new destination for a holiday or to travel around, we want to experience something authentic. Following the tourist crowds, eating bland westernised food that we are already used to and staying in a faceless holiday resort is not what we envision when we try to scratch our wanderlust itch. It doesn’t matter where we travel to, we want to experience the things at the heart of the country.

UK: 5 Great Places For A Luxurious Countryside Escape

The rise of the staycation is real. Last year, Brits holidaying at home increased by almost a quarter compared to 2016 studies have found. It’s evident that the British public has found a new love for exploring rural villages and countryside, with nearly one in five now choosing to lace up their boots and take walking trips.

UK: Top Holiday Destinations This Summer

The UK is basking in a heatwave so maybe it’s time to plan some little getaways! For many of us, that means it’s time to jet off to luxurious locations across the globe. While for others it entails staring jealously at the endless stream of obligatory airport pint photos being uploaded onto social media (sorry, we’ve been guilty of that on more than one occasion).

France: How To Prepare for A Long Holiday in Paris

If you are planning to visit Paris for more than a couple of days and want to see more than the Disneyland Paris and the Eiffel Tower, you will need to make more preparations than usual. You will have to make sure that you stay on budget, get used to the culture, and learn from your trip. Whether you are arriving in Paris on a working holiday, part of a bigger European adventure or just need a culture change, there…

Guernsey: A Great Place For A Getaway

As we are in the process of adopting our own child, I’m currently spending a lot of time thinking and reminiscing about a lot of the great things that I did during my childhood. One of which was taking an annual holiday with my grandparents. Every year the destination would be different, from Butlins in Skegness to a beachfront B&B in Blackpool. However, one of my favourite holidays spent with them was exploring the Channel Islands, in particular, the island of…

England: A Gourmet Getaway at Hotel Gotham, Manchester

The 5-star boutique Hotel Gotham in Manchester has always been somewhere we have wanted to stay since it opened its doors three years, yet ashamedly we have never got round to it. That was until recently when we had the pleasure of not only staying at the hotel but also indulging in a 5-course tasting feast at their onsite restaurant – Honey. Even though we had not had sight of the menu prior to our visit we still couldn’t wait…

England: Real Travel Moments with Hampton by Hilton

Have you ever been asked the question why do you travel? Most people will often answer “to find ourselves’ or ‘to escape the stresses of everyday life’ etc. But we’re asking the question literally – why do you travel? Everyone loves a good holiday or even a cheeky night away in a hotel where relaxation is key, I know for a fact we do. However, sometimes we need or have to travel because of necessity, obligation or commitment, therefore real…

Scotland: An Exquisite Stay at Nira Caledonia, Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a fantastic city and one that we have visited previously. However, and I’ll be honest, it was a weekend with friends to watch the rugby, drink an obscene amount of beer and cheer on our team. Therefore, we did not get to fully experience the city and see what wonders it has to offer. So, when we were invited to stay at the luxury boutique award winning Nira Caledonia hotel, which is a member of the Small Luxury…